Arthur C Clark was a noted Science Fiction writer who wrote three “laws” regarding science and magic: 1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. 2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible, and 3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Truly, any of our current tech would seem like magic to our ancestors, and it’s only developing more rapidly. Here are 25 Life-Changing Technological Advances The last decade Has Seen.
Smartwatches can basically do most things a smart phone can, albeit on a little bitty tiny screen you wear on your wrist. These, much like fitbits, are really seeing the tide turn to wearable technology, which is pretty awesome. Just think of high end jewelry mixed with high end tech. Watches today, necklaces tomorrow?
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3D Printed Replacement Organs
3D printed replacement organs are a real, actual, “this is not a sci fi movie” thing that’s happening. Researchers have already been able to transplant 3D printed thyroid glands into mice, and some things, like a replacement trachea, in humans. Cosmetic companies are currently working on 3D printing skin which would not only be weird and amazing for makeup application, it would completely change how we’re able to treat burn victims. Additionally, a 3D printed organ can be custom fitted to a patient’s own body and made using their own stem cells, so there’s no chance of rejection.
Drone Delivery Service
As of summer 2016, Amazon.com, the online retailer where you can buy, you know, everything, is experimenting with drone delivery. Amazon currently offers Prime NOW which is a 2 hour delivery if you live in a major city near a distribution center. It’ll take awhile for the drones to get in the air, mostly because of battery life and air regulations, but the tech exists, and Amazon is very serious about rolling it out; it’s just a question of when.
Second Sight is a company based in California that got approval in 2013 to start marketing it’s Bionic Eye. The artificial eye uses a camera set into the users glasses that transmits (wirelessly) messages into a retinal implant. It doesn’t fully restore normal vision, but some level of vision and in some cases color is restored.
The iPhone was first released in 2007. The very first smart phone. Now we do basically everything from these tiny computers that live in our pockets – banking, ordering food, taking pictures and sharing them via social media, and, oh yeah, you can even call people on them.
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